The most recent revenue projections in Kansas suggest the state will face a nearly $300 million shortage over the next 15 months. Officials have outlined three possible options to compensate: Shift money from the highway fund; overall budget cuts of 3-5 percent; or sell the state's share of the tobacco settlement. Does Governor Sam Brownback have other options?
Kansas City officials have announced a potential $27 million project to renovate-- and perhaps revive--the seemingly stagnant 18th and Vine Jazz District. Since its rebirth in 1990, the district has received 70 million taxpayer dollars, but it has shown only modest success in terms of attracting tourism, patrons, or business enterprises. How will the typical taxpayer react to another infusion of money to 18th and Vine? What's its purpose? What will success look like? Is there still recognition of Kansas City's role in the development of Jazz? Is there still concern about the area's safety? What about the idea of a "streetscape" to connect 18th and Vine to the Crossroads district?
Five states voted Tuesday in the race for the presidential nominations. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump locked up the lion's share of delegates. Were the forecasts of Clinton and Trump victories not only conventional, but also wise?
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Mike Shanin’s been hosting Ruckus since the program’s debut in 1995 and in recent years, has also served as Managing Editor. A veteran Kansas City radio broadcaster, Shanin has worked as a talk show host, political analyst, news anchor and in management. Since leaving radio in early 2012, he’s done freelance pubic speaking and commercial radio and television projects. A graduate of both Northwest Missouri State University and Park University, Shanin’s academic emphasis was on Political Science, Social Science, and Public Administration. He served in the U.S. Army as a Broadcast and Information Specialist between1968 and 1970, stationed initially at Ft. McPherson, GA., and later with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. @MikeShanin
The panelists discuss the Kansas budget deficit, Jazz District and presidential primaries.
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